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“Afternoon In The Amazon” / A Study Of Style And Conservation

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I created this project for a few reasons so along with my 12 year old sewing machine,serger, and 21 year old well-known sewing mannequin, “Samatha” ( I aquired “Samantha” while a attending  Parsons School Of Design and she is even signed by my then fashion critic of my senior show, the now world famous style-master Marc Jacobs.),  I created a few looks that were meant to show admires of my work the many facets of my talent. From conception to actual sewn samples I do myself, I try to be as free and unbounded with my skills as a designer as I can. The second reason is very important to me. Our Amazon forest are being decimated at an increasing level. Though through conservation efforts, many of these destructive practices are being curtailed, it is still a MAJOR problem in that regain of the world. As many of you know, the Amazon region provides much of the earths’ oxygen, but many people forget about the beautiful indigenous people that call these forest home. There are still over 200 indigenous groups in the Amazon Rainforest , talking 180 different languages and each with their own cultural heritage. If you narrow your view to language families you will still find 30 different language families in the Amazon rainforest.

This shows that like the flora and fauna , the cultural diversity in the region is also very high, making it an even more interesting and rich place. The Kuarup is the biggest indigenous festival and it has being happening annually in July or August for centuries. The Kuarup festival brings many different tribes together to celebrate and honor their dead. Although the motivation is not the most cheerful one the festivities are happy and very enjoyable for outsiders. It’s a huge demonstration of indigenous dance, music, rituals , games and food. Nowadays the Kuarup can be seen by the outsiders on some occasions, not always, as it depends on the mood and willingness of the tribe leaders.There are at least 50 groups that still don’t have regular contact with the outsides and keep away from them. The Brazilian government policy towards these groups is to leave them alone, as they wish. Not very much is known about these groups as they keep going deeper and deeper into the forest as the outsiders get closer to where they live. To stop the constant migration of tribes it has been suggested that an Indigenous Protected Area be setup so they can stop running away into the most remote places of the forest. Another interesting fact and a hope about the indigenous population is that their numbers are increasing. This means that, after 5 centuries being destroyed, they are actually being able to live and grow in their demarcated lands. This is hope for their cultures and way of life. My fathers’ paternal family is part of one of these tribes, so being a descendant of “The Forest”, and as a designer, I wanted to showcase the simple beauty of these people, something the fashion world as yet to do. Show casing my design, in models exhibiting ceremonial face tattoos, jewelry,etc. is a wonderful way to showcase these wonderful people and shed a light on a cause that is close to my heart.

I am always pushing my talents, my creative boundaries are always being expanded slowly.  In this series I wanted to create looks that were inspired by the wonderful Amazon Forest, one of the largest rain forest on this earth. My father is from Sinop,Brazil, much of his family are indigenous people that make their home in the Amazon forest. I have been back to Brazil to my fathers town and my distant relatives to understand their culture and lives. I am proud  to have these wonderful people as  apart of my family, and have learned so much from them. I am deeply disturbed when I hear of the stories of land-robbing, brutality, deforestation, and even murder from my relatives. When they rely these stories to me, they always have hurt and regret in their voice and tears in their eyes.  I wanted  a powerful fashion based medium  that could get the message out concerning what is going on in the Amazon. I chose colors and fabrics that were luxurious, but reminiscent of all the colors, hues, and scenery dynamics of this great forest and her animals.  I even chose to use indigenous models to wear my fashions, in celebration of the Metyktire Tribe, the indigenous people of my father. I will be continuing this series, as I have created 7 key looks that I have sampled. I wanted to bring awareness to the many problems of the Amazon because of greed. I think the one statement ” This is my home” is powerful, and reminds us all that these wonderful forests, these mystical lands are the native homelands of living human beings that have existed in these sacred forest  for hundreds of years, long before the europeans.

In this presentation below, I wanted to create a retail environment that was ‘spa-like’, soothing visually. I would   use bamboo on the walls , center area of the boutique, waiting rooms, etc. The flooring is of linoleum, a well known green material. The lighting are to be made of organic silk and paper .  The end result will hopefully soothe the shopper, asking then to simply, ‘slow down, and smell the roses of life’.


Madonna and Angelina Jolie-Pitt / Style Titans- Future Trends

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As a designer, there are no two celebs that influence trends, style and fashion like Madonna and Angelina Jolie-Pitt. As many in the world, I watch closely what these two ‘style titans’ wear, who their stylist are, and what designers they happen to favor. Now, let us float back down to reality, I am a freelance designer working out of NYC, I don’t have Angelina or Madge on speed dial to wear a few designed samples that I have created just for them, in a lavish fashion shoot  ofcourse shot by the incredibly imaginative David La Chapelle. I am just a little known designer with a HUGE imagination, so let’s have the next best thing,(at least in my opinion). I will create a series based on my designs, done in my distinct illustration style, to illustrate my views on upcoming trends dealing with fashion,hair,and makeup,…..all about these two beautiful ladies:)

The first board is all about Madge, wearing a color and fabric blocked well tailored pant suit. The jacket is well tailored, with wonderful shoulder treatments in the form of external self -contrast pleating, going down the mid sleeve. Each sleeve is color and fabric blocked with leather,wool,and satin, creating a very  interesting ‘visual texture’. I chose to use ‘hot colors’ that have been muted as this design is more geared to F/W. Limegreens become deep pea greens, Bubble gum pinks, become deep fushia, allowing wonderful color in a season of fashion  where stark color palettes are usually the norm. The bottoms are predominately leather , but fabric blocked with wool (5% stretch added with wool fabric to better combine with the soft leather). The bottom is color blocked at the knee, to go back to the jacket, merchandising very well in the future , if this was to become a full collection. A black ,stretch velvet button-up long sleeve blouse is added  for upper texture, combined with a pop silk ‘pencil’ tie. The look is finalized with a burnt rouge, patent leather, ultra high stiletto accented with self fabric fringe on front, keep in mind this style can be translated successfully into wonderful flats.  The final look is reminiscent of what makes S/S fashion so much fun,  with emphasis on fabrication,surface texture of fabric,and design.

Will this become and upcoming trend?

 

That I can’t answer.

As a designer I love to create what I feel will look great on women. I have noticed that designers, specifically american designers, are starting to ‘shy away’ from overly monotone color ways when it comes to the colder seasons. I think the reason why is that our world is becoming smaller and smaller via increasingly advanced technologies. Anyone can be in Cancun, at least in spirit, in a matter of minutes, and that is starting to effect how we see color, even during the F/W seasons in the northeast and midwest. I have also noticed that these same designers , during the colder seasons, are using holiday to introduce even more ‘color pops’ into their respective collections. So I guess designers ARE slowly introducing ‘inverted pop colors’ in their F/W collections.

 

 

Mrs. Joli-Pitt is wearing what I call a ‘coat-dress’. I took an overcoat silhouette, took a way the heavy fabrication, involving a lighter version, and coupled with fabulous leggings and even sexier sweater knit,sculpted boots. In the illustration ofcourse the garment is very short for ‘style reasons’, but if going out to production, I would add approx 4 inches to the hem of the dress. The dress , instead of a melton wool, I would use a Cashmere/ Alpaca wool mix. The garment is then combined with a waist enhancing wide leather belt, sexy knit leggings, and thigh high, sweater knit stiletto boots. Going into production, even though this was designed as a dress or a soft wool top , MOST women are going to  still wear this item as a jacket which means they will combine with a bottom. The look is finalized with sweater knit styled stiletto sculpted boots, that merchandise well back to the dress, as well as most sweater knit items the consumer may have in her wardrobe. Be on the look-out for a continuation of this series during this week. And as always, if you need design assistance in your product lines, feel free to drop a line.

 

 

 

 

 

Redhead Revolution / Julian Moore

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Julianne Moore, when I think of some of the MOST versatile and  endearing actors,she is one my top 5 list. From her delicate performance in “The Hours”, to her tour de force performance in “Hannibal”.  In my book, she has always been a ‘bankable’ actor, and when I see her name on the marque, I am usually buying a ticket, or getting ready to settle in and enjoy my viewing experience. Emmy’s 2012 was a fashion disappointment for me concerning Mrs. Moore. wearing a vintage canary yellow Dior pulled out of the vaults of the esteemed fashion house. I wrote a blog about this, saying that I would “reinvent” Mrs Moore, and design her a new look. I have to admit, I started out to do just that but then as I was creating and working I began to consider that my intentions may have been misguided. I have a great respect for the design process, and even more respect for the ultimate choice of the  consumer or client. These celebs made their decisions, so let it be. Instead I was steered in a different direction, a direction of fun and irony.

In this presentation I wanted to represent a Julianne that was fun, full of joy , and colorful. I decked her out in a lambskin technicolor red bomber,  lined in vibrant crimson faux long haired fox. The sleeves have self fabric buckles nearly up the sleeve, looking very edgy , but wonderful. This jacket is coupled with a multi-colored silk jersey dress, with vibrant shades to match. The back illustration has Mrs Moore wearing a sexy croc leather /jersey dress with self pleated skirt.

Julianne Moore, in my opinion, could have chosen a ‘better’ dress for the Emmy’s, but the dress she chose is now apart of fashion/television history. Time now to maybe create a little history of my own.

Emmy Red Carpet 2012: Bright Lights, But No WOW- Stars Stroll Down Red Carpet in ‘Stylishly Safe’ Frocks

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Let’s face it for a designer, the Emmy ,Oscars and Grammy awards mean as much to us as the actors that have been invited to these wonderful events. Many international designers spend months preparing for the onslaught on extra work and preparation when it comes to dressing actors for the red carpet. Huge designers will ‘court ‘ stars or their stylist, sending them presentations of their collections (thats if you are a REALLY BIG SUPERSTAR!). A celeb depends on the talents of an able-bodied stylist to bring their personal style, their personal ‘vision’ into fruition. That being said, why the abundance of GORGEOUS but ascetically ‘safe’ frocks on the red carpet of the Emmy 2012? Most designers look forward to this glorious night. I gathered over a few of my brethren, my “fashion herd”, some of the most well known and sought after freelance designers in NYC, and over sparkling wine and my delicious baked ziti with all the trimmings, we  gobbled up each outfit that appeared across the screen. This are the times that make life so beautiful. You see, I am a ‘study’ of people, and as my fashion colleagues were taking in all the wonderful frocks, I was studying their body language. A flick of the thumb, a twit of the left eye, an uncomfortable shuffle of the left foot, the unconscious body language is all there for me to ‘read’, and it was NOT good news. I deciphered that many of my brethren wanted to see MORE riskier decision making! The Emmy 2012 was SAFE,….beautiful but safe, very few actors wanted to stand out, I mean really stand out, expressing to the world, ” I am an artist!”. After the emmy’s and  over further glasses of prosecco, the truth came out, well,….er,..tidbits of the truth dressed in ‘client-friendly’ PC terms’.  Here is a run down of what we discussed about each star :

Heidi Klum – Designer: Alexandre Vauthier  – “Isn’t she like the spokesperson for “Project Runway”, why is she wearing an established designer? This would have been a wonderful opportunity for her to support one of the designers on the show. Hell, make it into an episode with the designers fighting like cats and dogs, working like mules to impress upon her to choose their design,…..yeah,…something is ‘sushi-fishy’.

Padma Lakshmi – Designer : Monique Lhullier “Ravishingly gorgeous, but isn’t she indian?, would have loved her more,supporting an indian designer, or at least a small nod to the culture of her lineage. American has no culture. We are a cornucopia of so many countries, she needs to be true to herself and who she is and stop trying to ‘fit in’ so hard!” (I kid you not, this was a debate for 30 minutes. Me, I think she looked gorgeous and should not have to wear her ethnicity on her cuff every photo-op, but thats MY opinion).

Nicole Kidman – Designer:  Antonio Berardi  – “Dress is very fashion forward, lovely, but I would have steered her into an even more minimalistic look, accessorizing sparingly ofcourse”. Then we discussed her face,…………….. She looks like a catholic schoolmarm that is about to paddle all of us for being very bad little boys. Her face was ‘stuck’ in this “I am going to get you and your dog dorothy” look. We were frightened that NOONE said this to her. We all decided a long time ago,that if  we ever have a client that “over-botoxed”, that the area has to be ‘camouflaged’. Nicole Kidman is a connoisseur of the “little needles that could”, and EVERYONE in Hollowood knows it. So lets let down those  strawberry blond tresses into soft curls, hiding her marble-like ,unmoving brow area. That would ofcourse change her choice of frocks. We were all in agreement that she should have chosen a wonderful frock of chiffon, soft,billowy, and oh so feminine, something like what hiedi klum wore.  IN FACT, heidi, should have given her dress to Nicole!” For future reference, to ANYONE reading the blog, if you are a botox facial user , make fashion choices accordingly,…. OK!

Julianne Moore- Designer: Doir  We ALL love her work!!!! I mean we REALLY are fans of this ravishing red head!! the conversation went something like this, ” Why did she decide to wear a ‘power-ranger’ yellow dress that had no “umph” to one of the MOST glam events?”. We studied our wine glasses, and one after another we blurted out ” Bulgari!!!”. You see fellow fashion-nites as you well may know in 2010 Julianne Moore was a NUDE spokes model for Bulgari. The ravishingly beautiful actor  with her timeless alabaster skin was accessorized with some of the most sought  after accessories from this italian leather goods company and NOTHING else. I , as well as my herd, thought this campaign made Mrs. Moore  into an international sex-symbol just add water! So why the bland,uncomfortably yellow long sleeve dress? We will never know, but if Mrs Moore hired a stylist we were all in agreement that THAT STYLIST should just retire and head to interiors. NOTHING that yellow should be on a humans body, ESPECIALLY if she is as pale as Mrs Moore!. We agreed on this fact  and took HUGE gulps of our prosecco. Above are just a examples of the wonderful Bulgari campaign that we were speaking off.

Kelly Osborn – Designer:  Zac Posen – “Perfection” When your father is the bat-head biting god-father of hard rock,and your mother is the strong-willed woman that managed him, it is EXPECTED for you to hit the red carpet with extreme edge.” Kelly came with this, and spades of confidence, glamor, and delicious poise. The soft burgundy silk taffeta sculpted  creation accentuated her body fabulously. The  coup de grâce, slicked tresses dyed to MATCH THE DRESS! when we saw this fashion risk-taker, we applauded  in unison, as if we were all thinking the same thing. Congrats Kelly, you have come into your own!

Claire Danes – Designer: Lanvin  – We were not in agreement over this decision. It is MY opinion, when a woman is about to bring another human-being into this gigantic, beautiful world she can wear a paper bag, and I will congratulate her,……….my brethren felt other wise. “Was this gown a “do-it-yourselfer”? Did she just go to “Moods fabric in NYC” and say ” give me 5 yards of your finest yellow silk, so I can wrap myself, call it a dress, and be fabulous!”  ” The dress has no definition, is awkward”. I immediately took command of the ‘style harpies’ promising that their wine glasses would remain dry if “claire -bashing ” was to ensue. The issue was closed immediately.

Sofia Vergara  – Designer : Zuhair Murad By the time we got to this beauties’ gown, the prosecco, and all of it bubbly delights was starting to take effect. ” This dress is disastrous, but is MADE gorgeous, because of the body in it!” We nodded in agreement, and I further explained ” Its a rather ambitious attempt to combine visual texture with function,..but no cigar.” The gown depends too heavily on the beading for effect, and that is tragic. What would have worked is if the beading was a secondary design aspect of the gown, which would mean that the beading should have been tonal, matte, not so “shimmery”. This dress comes across as cheap and tawdry, its just tooooooo much. Tonal,matte beading would have been a better choice for the surface/visual texture of the fabric, but the silhouette is gorgeous!”. Suddenly , one of my alcohol laden compadres blurted out ” She looks like a REALLY expensive piñata, I wonder if she will burst open with rolexes and tiffany bracelets if I give her a few wacks with the ‘stick of common sense’?” (you have to excuse my slightly tipsy pal, he has been known to get very snarky when his ego is fed with alcohol. We allow him to tag along simply because he gets us into  fabulous places and events, and he puts the fear of death in many  VIP gatekeepers. I think I am scared of him too!

Kat DenningsDesigner : J.Mendel  Beautiful vivacious red color, strong red lips to match, highlighted her pale skin to perfection,….but we were all wincing as she walked down the red carpet. It looked as if her areola’s, at least one, wanted to greet the paparazzi as well. ” If she has a wardrobe malfunction, I am going to scream”, one of my herd exclaimed.  Then I had a bright idea, “She needs stones, red, dazzling, expensive and deliciously gaudy  to camouflage all those boobs!. It looked as if that dress was worn for shock-value alone, and that is fine, BUT a wonderful piece across the neck, trailing down to the ample cleavage would have been EVEN MORE SEXIER, ,….and classy.  Everyone in the styling arena knows, if one wear a frock highlighting an area, apply jewels and or accessories to ‘balance out’ that what one is trying to portray.

Taraji P. Henson – Designer: BluMarine –  Her choice, a white , embroidered / beaded Blumarine number that left our tongues wagging ( for 5 gay men, that nearly impossible). The sheer number firt her ample curves to perfection, as its sheer surface/fabric  texture  leaving the male mind to imagine. Beautifully done, and great choice Ms. Henson!

Gwyneth Paltrow – Designer: Emelio Pucci –  Showed no shame, as she wore this enchanting two piece by Emilio Pucci, ( See , this is what we mean by matte or tonal beading!) The two piece ensemble was beaded and embroidered, with a ‘flesh sheath’ underneath the exquisite beadwork, giving the illusion of skin, very sexy! Another “tongue – wagger”.

Hayden Panettiere – Designer : Marchesa – The only way to describe this dress is a quote by a fellow designer that is a lover of greek mythology  ” This dress looks is if Hayden is Hera, Mother goddess of all the greek gods. Hermes,  created the gold sheath, and Neptune covered it with the oceans of the world”.  The dress had a dramatic impact, what imagination and execution. Simply breathtaking to behold.

These were just some of our favorites, but after 4 glasses of prosecco, the convo slowly leaves fashion , and makes a beeline to gossip, and unfortunately, NONE of that is printable for the public, thank god!  Stay tuned to this blog, because I will be doing an accent piece to this story, of MY OWN DESIGNS, and the celebs that I would dress for Emmy 2012. Its going to be wonderful.

Three Degrees Of Style / Rihanna’s Diamond World Tour 2013 Looks

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As a fashion Icon, Rihanna has always fascinated me, more so than any other celeb.  I decided to get to my design desk and design a few looks that I feel she would love for her “Diamond World Tour, later this year. Wether going to black tie events to promote the tour, or actually on the stage, I wanted to design assorted looks that spanned the spectrum of potential fashion looks for this hugely fabulous poster.  February 2011, a few weeks shy of her 23rd birthday, Rihanna released a single called S&M. The video opens with a sequence showing the singer wearing a dress emblazoned with the words “whore” and “slut” while trapped against a wall by layers of clingfilm. Later, shots of her wearing white latex stockings and suspenders, and brandishing a riding crop are cut with footage where she is prone on the floor, wiggling energetically against the pink rope which binds her hands and feet.
There was quite a furore – this being back in the days before Fifty Shades of Grey had sold 20 million copies. Eleven countries banned the video. Meanwhile, fans jammed arena switchboards worldwide securing tickets to her tour. The following month, she became the youngest black woman to appear on the cover of American Vogue; by the autumn she added British Vogue to her covers, this time dressed as Marilyn Monroe. When Time placed her in its 100 Most Influential list this year, Stella McCartney penned an article in praise of her talent and style. On her Facebook page, 116,541 people have “liked” one album of photos labelled “Hawaii vaca”, the aesthetic of which can be summed up as a DIY Sports Illustrated, with more catwalk references. When River Island announced this week that it has signed Rihanna to design a collection that will go on sale on the British high street early next year, the news was acknowledged as a huge coup for the store.
Rihanna’s wardrobe is the most talked-about, influential and dissected in pop right now. Beyoncé is mostly accessorised with a baby sling; Lady Gaga has spun off into high-concept theatrics; Katy Perry these days looks like she has wandered off the set of The Muppets. But what Rihanna wears – whether it is red hair, studded cut-off denims, electric blue sunglasses or a new look in nail art – is immediately reproduced on the high street, because it sells.
The Rihanna of 2012 is unrecognisable from the cookie-cutter R&B pop princess who emerged in 2004. Back then she was standard-issue urban-sexy in low-riding jeans, crop tops, tonged hair, hooped earrings; for evening, much the same but with diamante and tighter jeans. But in 2007, the year of her single Umbrella, everything changed. Her hair was dyed black and chopped into an asymmetric bob. In red carpet photos from the Nickelodeon Kids Choice awards that year, you can see the evolution in progress: she is wearing a pretty, multicoloured silk dress, but with a black leather corset belt over the top, and a fashiony front-row scowl instead of a teenybop smile. By 2008, she was rocking chainmail corsets at black tie events, power-shouldered jumpsuits for day and leather hotpants on stage.
“Everytime we write about Rihanna – her nails, clothes, makeup or hair – our traffic goes through the roof,” says Carrie Tyler, editor of elleuk.com. “She is a figurehead for gutsy, confident fashion choices. Women are fascinated by her because she takes the risks that her fans would like to take themselves. She’s got a beautiful, curvy figure but it’s her confidence that appeals as much as her body.”

Michelle Obama- Inaugural Evening 2013 / Evening Gown Design

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Michelle Obama, say that name and two words come to my mind as a designer, Ravishing and Inspirational. As a fashion designer, I make my living  predicting trends, colors, moods, looks, and styles when it coms to fashion. Watching Michelle Obama’s speech inspired me to no end. The 48-year-old First Lady of the United States was all smiles as she took the stage at Time Warner Cable Arena and addressed the crowd, and what came from her lips was pure oratorical bliss. I listened, as millions did , as this woman showed us that she is a super power in her own right.

Gordon Stewart: “If Barak Obama is re-elected, he will owe more to his First Lady than any President ever to win a second term.”

This is on the mind of everyone taking notice around the world. So in the spirit of Michelle Obama, celebrating her success, I will create a few pivotal looks for that wonderful inaugural day and evening of 2013. My first offering is a of course evening wear. I wanted a dress that was feminine,timeless,elegant, almost ethereal, fully representing that WONDERFUL speech she gave. I would use black chiffon and silk. The bodice would be fully draped, with a flirty single shoulder style. The mid-section of the dress would be draped, as to tie not a knot, that would then flow effortlessly into a light and wonderful floor length hem. I chose this heavily draped style in homage to ancient rome, as much of washington’s architecture and politics  is based on a roman-greco aesthetic and lifestyle. I would want The First Lady to walk into the ball room, looking as if she has walked out of a page of history,conquering all of ‘modern-day rome’/ washington with just her words. So fabulous. I am so inspired, I will be doing more looks in the coming weeks. It feels wonderful  to share my talent with this great moment in our nation’s history. Who knows, maybe my design will be chosen my The First Lady, only God knows.

To see more of my work, take a look at my design portfolio @ http://fashiondesignernyc.prosite.com/90461/gallery

Jennifer Aniston Is Engaged / Wedding Dress Design – Lesson In Client Study

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During her five-year marriage to Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston sported a swirly engagement ring the size of a baby’s fist. So, how big is the sparkler currently weighing down her finger, courtesy of newly minted fiancé Justin Theroux? Life & Style says the actor-writer-director presented Jen with a “huge emerald-cut diamond” with tapered baguettes dotting the sides. The ring is estimated to be a knuckle-crunching eight carats and is, gushes one source, “beautiful.” “She was so happy and said she loves the ring,” enthuses an insider. “I think she was overwhelmed and overjoyed by the size and beauty of it!” Theroux surprised (and presumably temporarily blinded) Aniston with the rock during a quiet dinner at Manhattan eatery Blue Hill on Aug. 10, his 41st birthday, reports People.The two had jetted to New York on a private plane from North Carolina, where the actress has been shooting “We’re the Millers,” and as they sat side by side over a quiet meal, Theroux popped the question. “Jen cried,” a source tells Us Weekly. “The proposal was simple. He was surprised she said yes, but he is so happy.”
Like many fans, I adore Jennifer, have watched her movies, and love the fact that she really seems like “the girl next door”, just funnier. So when I read that Jennifer is tying the knot for the second time, my creative mind started to think up all kinds of ideas and designs. But one question stuck with me, after the dust settled,

What would a down-to-earth, comedian that has everything, ex to one of the world’s MOST gorgeous man,( I am still jealous, and they have been divorced for some years!),wear to her second wedding.

One word came to mind- FUN

I mean, look at Jennifer’s body of work in the past 10 years, she is a risk taker, but most of these roles are comical roles. Now it would not take a rocket scientist to understand that when you are at the zenith of Hollywood stardom, you can ‘pick and choose’ your projects, and she keeps picking roles that make us laugh and think. Keeping that in mind, I thought

“Color,…what color?”.

Every woman will tell you, even if she has been divorced 1000 times, each new marriage is like the first, that moment at the altar, she feels like this is her first time, and has the jitters to prove it. So I settled on a fleshy,light pink, almost flesh-tone. (it’s not white, and pink is toooooooo cliche’-ish, I would want jennifer to settle into her “new skin”, at least that was my thinking). I saw a dress that was designed by a noted bridal designer earlier this week, (who shall remain nameless), and it looked as if Princesses Diana was expected to be resurrected and RE-marry that horrid tampon of a man,Prince Charles once again. When designing ANYTHING for ANYONE you must be able to empathize with what your client will want, NOT what YOU want. I wanted to design a dress that had the personality of the Jennifer.

Fun, Versatile, and Carefree came to mind

I created a detachable gown skirt, revealing a cocktail dress. Fabrications satin and chiffon are to be used, with each fabrication cut and fashioned for different textures. The top is low-cut,and flattering with thin self fabric straps, and the skirt of the gown is a detachable,layered and ruched,draped chiffon with raw edges to give an edgy worn, but very beautiful look.  The cocktail dress is short, flirty and sexy, made to look just like the main skirt,  this time both silk ruched jersey and chiffon. The cocktail ensemble is  one piece,made to allow Jennifer to dance the night away with her new husband. I can imagine in my minds eye, after a the main ceremony is over, and after a few dirty martinis, Jennifer would simply strip the gown skirt away, revealing the cocktail dress underneath, to the amazement and laughter  of everybody at the reception. ( remember the dance sequence in “Along Came Polly”?) The looks are a pretty ,versatile and uncomplicated just like the bride, and most of all FUN for  a woman that has a gift for making us laugh,even if it is at ourselves.

Mazel tov Jennifer and Justin, I hope this union leads to much joy and laughter:)

True Blood “Fashion Pinpoint-One Look/One Story” Subject: Pam Swynford De Beaufort

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Pamela “Pam” Swynford De Beaufort (born 1871, turned 1905) is a vampire and the progeny of Eric Northman. Born in London, her human life ended in 1905 after being turned into a vampire by Eric Northman. After a century together, Pam is fiercely loyal to her maker, and despite her relative youth as a vampire acts as his second in comma and in his duties as vampire sheriff of Area 5, Louisiana. Along with Longshadow, and later Chow, she is one of Northman’s business partners at Fangtasia. As of 2008, she is the beneficiary of Northman’s will, should he ever meet the true death. Pam was born in 1871, the daughter of a wealthy London businessman and his peerage wife who groomed her to be a respectable young lady of society which
bored Pam to no end. She spent most of her 20’s breaking engagements and young man’s hearts. When she met Eric Northman in 1905, she was only too happy to take him up on his offer of immortality.Pam is from victorian London, so I wanted to create a look that was somewhat reminiscent of a victorian look. The top is a color-blocked Bustier, coupled with a flared ruffled leaather skirt. The look is finished with thigh high stretch leather boots trimmed in satin. The final look is sexy and vey daring, just like the dark mooded Pam.

True Blood “Fashion Pinpoint-One Look/One Story” Subject: Lafayette Reynolds & Jesus Velasquez

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Lafayette Reynolds is the short order cook at Merlotte’s Bar and Grill, cousin of Tara
Thornton and nephew of Lettie Mae Daniels. Recently find out that he is medium and
also has magical ablities.Lafayette is a flamboyant, charismatic gay man. Although
partaking in very illegal activities, he’s a good person at heart, and is careful not
to harm his customers with the drugs he deals. He takes care of his loved ones, no
matter what strange problems they have. He is suspicious and went through a lot in
his life. He is the kind of guy with a sense of black humor.
Jesús Velásquez (pronounced heh-soos) was the boyfriend of Lafayette Reynolds.
A brujo of Mexican origin, he met his partner while being employed as a medical
nurse for Lafayette’s mother Ruby Jean. He discovered that Lafayette was “powerful”
and carefully introduced him to witchcraft, magic and mediumship. Eventually he
managed to get Lafayette to join the witch coven of Marnie Stonebrook, a friend of his.
I love Lafayette and Jesus as characters, the only gay couple on “True Blood”.
Lafayette Reynolds was designed with a Keith Haring inspired velvet jacket. The jacket
is fun, with sequined Keith Haring graphics down the left arm, front and left yoke.
The denim jeans are pigment printed with a similiar graphic style. The whole look is
fun, dramatic, and colorful, just like the personality of Lafayette. Jesús Velásquez is
Lafayette’s lover , and is as wonderful as Lafayette. I designed a look that was
traditional concerning Jesús Velásquez native culture. Jesus is wearing a cotton
guayabera shirt, coupled with a tailored linen blazor , and linen drawstring pants .
The end look is casual ,elegant and reminiscent of the beautiful cuclture that
Jesus’s magick originates.

Fashion In Technicolor / A Study Of Color , Design, and Luxury

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Since a little boy, like many of us that were artistically inclined, I loved color. No REALLY, I ADORED color, big gobs of bright and wonderful colors  that stimulated my young  imagination. Being a designer in NYC, color was always a “bad word”. You could use color for “pop” to accent garments,  and maybe as ground color for some designs concerning  the warmer seasons, but I was always told to be safe. “Never use bright colors, people don’t like bright colors”, is what I was often told by my career mentors. “Bright colors are cheap, it is a designer’s job to know when less is more”, another word of advice that I have built my design career on. As a freelancer, I design for many clients, and each client has  specific needs. This recession has hit my business, as well as many of my other freelance brethren hard, having me to redefine what I value as a designer, my views and thoughts on “design fundamentals” that I have been taught. This collection is for ME, in celebration of that little 7 year old boy that would look at his magic marker for hours, amazed at the rich hues that appeared on my paper. I will use color in abandon, wreaking havoc concerning the spectrum, and REALLY utilizing my Pantone book, not just for the socially accepted hues, but for colors that simply make me happy to look at. These looks are also experimenting with luxury based fabrics, skins, and precious metal trims, combining the absurd with the sublime. In this project, I am a child again, my magic markers have been replaced with my trusty mac, But I WILL find a joy that I have long lost. I hope viewing this collection has made you as happy as it has made me, cause this is DAMN FUN!

I would like to add that this project is dedicated to Patrick Kelly, a man that I never met, but his work and talent has always been a source of inspiration.
Check back as often as you like, this will be an on-going project for the next few months!